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30% of security leaders have given up on trying to stay ahead of malicious threats

A new report from Cisco, which surveyed 3,000 security leaders across 18 countries, has found that 30% of security leaders have ‘given up on trying to stay ahead of malicious threats and bad actors’. Cisco’s 2019 CISO Benchmark Study found that security leaders are inundated by alerts, with 41% see …

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Resellers look to boost managed print services as hardware sales remain flat

Sales of printer hardware in Western Europe were flat at 0.1% year-on-year in Q4 2018, according to the latest distribution data published by CONTEXT. Laser devices reversed the trend seen earlier in the year by outperforming inkjet devices, and sales of consumer-targeted devices increased by 8.5%. Consumer printers steadily increased …

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The biggest rip-off in networking: Ortial supports Gartner’s stark warning about third-party transceivers

Networking, memory and data storage manufacturer Ortial Technologies has urged the industry to take Gartner’s advice on third-party transceivers. In a report entitled “How to Avoid the Biggest Rip-Off in Networking”, Gartner highlights the overheads that big name brands charge, calling them out on the scare tactics used against third …

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Smarter shopping: Is this the year we see a drastic change in the way we spend money in-store?

With the evolution of the internet and the popularisation of smartphones, the retail industry has seen a massive shift in the way consumers pay for goods. While contactless payments aren’t exactly new, there continues to be interesting innovations in the space. And with it being possible to stick an NFC …

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CONTEXT urges the channel to ensure it has contingency plans in the event of no-deal Brexit

A new report from CONTEXT report has revealed the biggest issues and trends facing EMEA tech companies in 2019. After a strong 12 months, experts are predicting continued channel growth for 2019, with digital transformation and the Fourth Industrial Revolution driving new opportunities, although “macroeconomic headwinds including Brexit will inevitably …

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UK tech sector sees weakest growth for three years thanks to “global trade frictions”

The UK tech sector experienced a difficult end to 2018, as business activity growth eased to its weakest for three years, according to the latest report from KPMG. The report points to “global trade frictions” and “Brexit-related uncertainty” as reasons for client spending slowing down. At 52.4 in Q4, the …

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3D printer market rises again thanks to demand for industrial models

Five or so years back we saw a boom in crowdfunding projects and rapid advances in the 3D printer segment, and it was looking like we were set for a 3D-printer-in-every-home situation. But despite a continued buzz around the seemingly endless possibilities that 3D printers could offer hobbyists and enthusiasts, …

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IoT devices “no.1 target for cybercriminals”

IoT devices are now cybercriminals’ top attack target, surpassing web and application services, and email servers, according to new research from F5 Labs. With Gartner estimating that the number IoT devices are set to surge to 20,4 billion by 2020 – represents a staggering 143% growth rate over three years …

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Tablet sales up thanks to Huawei and Black Friday

Tablet sales in Western Europe were up by 21% year-on-year in October 2018, reveals new data from CONTEXT. The latest figures follow a return to growth earlier in the year. The IT market intelligence company reports that much of the early Q4 growth was driven by Huawei, as the vendor …

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Smartphones and PC components bolster European IT distribution in Q3

There was a 7.1% year-on-year growth in IT distribution across Europe in Q3 2018, according to the latest report from CONTEXT. The findings were collated from the CONTEXT Distribution Panel, which combines data on vendor shipments with its SalesWatch distribution tracking and MarketWatch, which tracks all end-user sales both direct …

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